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  • McDonald’s accused of avoiding €1bn in taxes (by European trade unions)

    03/01/2015 12:46:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 26 Feb 2015, 09:24 | Benjamin Fox
    Fast-food giant McDonald’s has avoided paying €1 billion in tax across the EU, and should be included in the EU’s probe on “sweetheart” tax deals, according to a report published Wednesday (25 February). The report, published by the European Federation of Public Service Unions, its US Counterpart and the charity War on Want, accuses McDonald’s of “aggressive and potentially abusive optimization of its structure which has led to the avoidance of significant amounts of tax across the continent”. It concludes that “it is likely that the company reached a secret tax deal with Luxembourg”. In July 2009, the Happy-Meal maker...
  • [Ireland ambassador to UK] Dan Mulhall: Ireland will do ‘all we can’ to keep the UK in the EU

    03/01/2015 12:25:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Published: 27/02/2015 - 14:33 | Updated: 27/02/2015 - 14:37 | Mark Briggs
    UK membership of the EU was in “fundamental Irish national interest”, and would adversely affect the whole EU, the Irish Ambassdor in London told EurActiv. Ireland will do “all that we can” to ensure the UK remains in the EU, stated Dan Mulhall. “A British exit would inevitably weaken the Union, which is something that cannot be in Ireland’s interests,” said the diplomat. […] Mulhall said Ireland would back reforms that make the European Union “work better”, but warned now was not the time to engage in “radical treaty change”. “I don’t think full blown treaty reform is appropriate or...
  • Ed Miliband: Leaving EU not in Britain’s interest

    03/01/2015 12:03:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    EurActiv ^ | 27/02/2015 - 16:27 | Mark Briggs
    Speaking at the EEF National Manufacturing Conference in London, Miliband said yesterday (26 February) that “(t)here is no greater threat to the long-term stability and prosperity of Britain and British business than leaving the European Union.” Leaving the European Union is not in Britain’s national interest, the UK opposition leader added. Taking aim at the Conservatives, Miliband said it was, “wrong to play fast and loose with our membership of the European Union.” …
  • Bulgarian President says Putin wants to ‘blow (up) the EU from inside’

    03/01/2015 12:00:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Published: 27/02/2015 - 17:09 | Updated: 27/02/2015 - 17:51
    During a visit to Brussels, the President of Bulgaria, a country that depends on Russia for over 90 percent of its gas supplies, accused Vladimir Putin of planning to destroy the EU from the inside. Speaking at a conference organized by the Center of European Policy Studies (CEPS), Bulgaria’s Rossen Plevneliev said that Putin’s propaganda machine was attempting to split the member states of the European Union. The leaders who rule by force across the world have one thing in common—breaking the rules, Plevneliev said, as quoted by Vesselin Zhelev, the correspondent of ClubZ. “See how Mr. Putin today is...
  • US officials move to deport Bosnian suspects over war crimes (Serbs over Srebrenica)

    02/28/2015 7:48:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03/01/2015 | (mg/bk)
    US officials were preparing to deport at least 150 Bosnians suspected of having played a role in the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Serbs during the war that raged in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the New York Times reported. Authorities identified 300 suspects in all, which included those who allegedly hid their involvement in war crimes when they came to the US as war victims fleeing the violence in the Balkans. As many as half of these were believed to have played a role at the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, where Bosnian Serbs killed 8,000 Muslim boys and men. The...
  • [Germany] Muslim Council says Jewish fears ‘justified’

    02/27/2015 10:35:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Feb 2015 08:55 GMT+01:00
    After the president of the Central Council of Jews warned against anti-Semitism in Muslim areas of German cities, his Muslim opposite number agreed that “these fears are justified”. Aiman Mayzek, president of the Central Council of Muslims, told the Berliner Zeitung on Friday that he and his organization were taking a stand against anti-Semitism among Muslims. “Attacks on Jews are an attack on our society,” he said. …
  • Hungary’s premier rejects immigration, multicultural society

    02/27/2015 10:30:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 27, 2015 1:19 PM EST | Pablo Gorondi
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán denounced multiculturalism and liberalism Friday and vowed to fight a rising wave of migration that he said is threatening to turn his country into a “refugee camp.” In his annual state of the nation speech, Orbán called a multicultural society “a delusion” and defended his conservative government’s attempts to abandon “liberal social policies” that he accused of rejecting Christian culture. […] He was referring to the torrent of migrants who have entered European Union-member Hungary this year, many of them fleeing poverty in Kosovo and seeking to reach Germany and other western nations. …
  • Austria is taking controversial steps to tighten a 100-year-old ‘Law on Islam’

    02/26/2015 5:01:26 PM PST · by NRx · 28 replies
    WaPo ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | Elahe Izadi
    Igniting fresh controversy, Austria's parliament has approved significant changes to the country's "Law on Islam" — a revamping of a 103-year-old law to expand certain legal protections while also placing new restrictions on Muslim organizations and how adherents practice their faith. While the changes were proposed years ago — long before attacks in France and Denmark by homegrown terrorists with extremist views — the reforms passed Wednesday are intended to "clearly combat" the influence of radical Islam, according to Austria's conservative foreign affairs minister Sebastian Kurz, Agence France-Presse reported.
  • Russia revives ‘KGB methods’ in Europe

    02/26/2015 10:10:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Feb 2015 12:42 GMT+01:00
    Russia is busily enlarging its spying network in Europe along the former Soviet KGB model because of the Ukraine crisis, Germany’s domestic intelligence chief warns. While Russian espionage has targeted European countries for many years, “distinct activities” of an old nature have been detected in information-gathering about Western responses to the conflict in Ukraine, media on Thursday quoted Hans-Georg Maaßen as saying. Some tactics of the now defunct Soviet KGB were being revived, such as targeted disinformation and supporting extremist groups with a view to destabilizing a given state, said Maaßen, who heads the Federal Office for the Protection of...
  • Putin threatens Ukraine with gas cutoff

    02/25/2015 8:43:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2015 11:14 AM EST
    President Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia will cut gas supplies to Ukraine if it fails to pay in advance for future deliveries. Putin said Wednesday that Ukraine’s latest payment would only be good for another three to four days, warning that the cutoff may disrupt transit to Europe. …
  • EU to Probe Christian Schools After Humanist Complaint

    02/25/2015 6:37:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    British Christian schools could face a European Commission investigation, following complaints from a humanist campaign group. The British Humanist Association (BHA) claims that faith schools breach European Union (EU) equality rules when hiring staff, because they say religious adherence is a “desirable” quality. EU rules state that schools must prove there is a “genuine occupational requirement” in preferring to recruit teachers of faith. IntolerantSpokesman for The Christian Institute, Simon Calvert, said church schools are “hugely popular”, and their ethos is why “they do such a good job of preparing children for life in 21st-century Britain”. “It’s disappointing that humanists seem...
  • EU unveils vast plan to merge 28 energy markets

    02/25/2015 6:15:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2015 8:18 AM EST | Lorne Cook
    The European Union’s executive has unveiled a vast plan to boost coordination between the EU’s 28 national energy markets to wean Europe off unstable Russian gas supplies and provide cheaper energy for consumers. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič on Wednesday called it “undoubtedly the most ambitious energy project” since the inception of the EU over half a century ago. He believes that improving links across borders in Europe’s energy grid could save businesses and consumers up to €40 billion ($45.4 billion) a year. A more energy-independent Europe will also increase the EU’s political options in eastern Europe. […] “Our...
  • NATO commanders give green light to creation of rapid-response force bases in Baltics

    02/24/2015 7:54:33 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-02-05 | TBT staff and newswires
    RIGA - NATO commanders have given the green-light for the creation of rapid-response force command and control centres in the Baltics and three other countries, National Armed Forces Commander Raimonds Graube confirmed to Latvian Radio. According to the portal lsm.lv, this means that a new unit will be set up in Latvia, and this unit will man and operate the new command and control centre. The unit will be responsible for logistics and organisational exercises, as well as receiving rapid-response forces in crisis situations. NATO already has a rapid-response force model in place, however, after Russia’s aggression in Ukraine —...
  • Apple to invest €1.7 billion to build two new european data centers

    02/23/2015 10:20:09 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 2 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, February 23, 2015 · 8:25 am
    Apple today announced a €1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe. “We are grateful for Apple’s continued success in Europe and proud that our investment supports communities across the continent,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a statement. “This significant new investment represents Apple’s biggest project in Europe to date. We’re thrilled to be expanding our operations, creating...
  • One fifth of Germans want revolution: report

    02/23/2015 8:26:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 23 Feb 2015 14:27 GMT+01:00 | Matty Edwards
    One in five Germans believe that a revolution would be the only way to truly reform society, a study released by the Free University of Berlin on Monday shows. Anti-capitalism, anti-fascism and anti-racism were all are prominent positions according to the study entitled “Against state and capital—for the revolution”, which has revealed a public much further to the left than previously thought. In the report, 20% of the people surveyed agreed with the statement that “Living conditions won’t be improved by reforms—we need a revolution”. A similar percentage of people said they saw the rise of a new fascism in...
  • US Kerry slams ‘brazen’ Russian behavior towards Ukraine truce

    02/21/2015 5:48:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 21.02.2015 | ksb/bk (Reuters, AFP, AP, dpa)
    Whilst threatening Russia with more sanctions, US Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned the country’s behavior toward the Ukraine ceasefire. Separatist rebels, however, have reported a planned prisoner exchange. During his meeting with his British counterpart Philip Hammond in London on Saturday, Kerry said Russia’s conduct was “completely counter to what the international community” worked for in the Ukraine ceasefire. Over a week since the repeatedly violated ceasefire was agreed in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, Kerry said the US and its allies were “not going to play this game” with Russia and “be part of this kind of extraordinarily...
  • US travelers set for EU biometric dragnet

    02/20/2015 1:06:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 19 Feb, 2015, 18:02 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    US citizens and other non-EU nationals who enter Europe will be asked to have their faces image-captured and fingerprints scanned upon arrival at a half-dozen major airports. The biometric dragnet is part of a pilot test of the EU’s so-called “smart borders” package. Passengers can refuse to give the data for now, but there are plans to eventually make it obligatory.A draft internal EU document dated Wednesday (18 February) and seen by this website says the “proof of concept” is set to start in March and will run until September this year. “Should traveler participation be lower than expected, there...
  • Romanian spy chief warns of ‘threat for EU from Hungary’

    02/20/2015 12:53:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 20/02/2015 - 15:39 | Georgi Gotev
    Eduard Hellvig, currently a conservative MEP who has been chosen by President Klaus Iohannis to be the next chief of the Romanian foreign intelligence service, has published an article in which he warns of the “threat for the EU” from the rapprochement of Hungary with Moscow. In an article published in his blog and republished by Hotnews, Hellvig, who is a politician from Romania’s German minority, writes that Romania and the EU face an unprecedented case—“the blatant prejudice against liberal democratic values by the regime of Victor Orbán”, the Hungarian Prime Minister. “Hungary tends to be a threat to European...
  • Urban planning can help curb violence (Marie Harf isn't the only idiot)

    02/19/2015 6:45:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 20, 2015 | Renée Loth
    Can better urban planning help prevent terrorist attacks? The idea sounds fanciful, even disrespectful to victims of extremist violence. But officials in Paris, still reeling from last month’s deadly terrorist attacks on a satirical magazine and a kosher deli, are putting some hope in a plan to re-zone the city and annex the notorious inner suburbs, or banlieues, where the terror plot was born. In what would be perhaps the greatest redesign of Paris since Baron Haussmann laid out its famed boulevards in the mid-19th Century, the “Métropole du Grand Paris” would attempt to bring the poor, heavily immigrant neighborhoods...
  • Charity finds most Germans ever in poverty

    02/19/2015 12:08:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Feb 2015 16:53 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Poverty levels in Germany have reached an all-time high, with 15.5 percent of the population—or 12.5 million people—affected. Single parents and unemployed people were the hardest hit, according to a report from a welfare association. Over 40 percent of single parents and almost 60 percent of the unemployed are poor, according to the Paritätische Gesamtverband, an umbrella organization for associations focusing on social services. Older people and retirees, around 15 percent of whom are considered poor, are the fastest growing demographic group in terms of poverty, according to the report released on Thursday. One of the report authors, Christian Woltering,...
  • New Report Reveals the Depth of German Poverty (Really?! In the Worker's Paradise?!)

    05/25/2009 12:11:12 PM PDT · by AlaskaErik · 32 replies · 1,486+ views
    TIME via Yahoo ^ | May 25, 2009 | TRISTANA MOORE
    To many on the outside, Germany looks like a big, rich country enjoying the benefits of being Europe's largest economy. Inside, Germans know that looks can be deceiving. As in any nation, parts of Germany suffer from poverty, and Germans have always assumed they knew which parts: the west is rich and the east is poor. But a new report reveals the truth isn't that simple. The wealth imbalance in Germany isn't just between east and west; there are also large regional differences between the country's north and south. And across the country there are pockets of poverty more crushing...
  • Putin Paranoia

    02/18/2015 7:33:02 AM PST · by duckln · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2-17/2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Yet of all of the secessionist movements from the Atlantic to the Urals, none imperils a vital interest of the United States. None is really our business. And none justifies a war with Russia. Indeed, what is it about this generation of Americans that makes us such compulsive meddlers in the affairs of nations we could not find on a map? Consider if you will our particular affliction: Putin paranoia.
  • Swedish Radio Hints Jews Responsible for Anti-Semitism

    02/17/2015 9:25:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    inn ^ | 2/17/15 | Elad Benari
    Swedish public radio apologized on Tuesday after a presenter questioned the Israeli ambassador about the responsibility of Jews for anti-Semitism, in the wake of the shooting of a Jewish man in neighboring Denmark, AFP reported. Relations between Israel and Sweden are already strained over the Swedish parliament's decision last year to formally recognize the state of “Palestine”. On Tuesday, a journalist for Sveriges Radio (SR) asked Israeli ambassador Isaac Bachman on air, "Are Jews themselves responsible for the progression of anti-Semitism?" The ambassador appeared shocked by the suggestion, and replied, "I purely and simply reject the question." When the journalist...
  • Hundreds Of Jewish Tombs Damaged In Northern France [Mass Deportation of Islamic Dogs?]

    02/15/2015 3:57:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | February 15, 2015
    Feb. 15, 2015 Hundreds Of Jewish Tombs Damaged In Northern France Hundreds of graves have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, in what the president called an "odious and barbaric" anti-Semitic act against French values. The vandalism comes at a time of growing insecurity among French Jews and amid general religious tensions in Europe, after Islamic radicals attacked a kosher market and a satirical newspaper in Paris last month and similar attacks hit Denmark this weekend. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement Sunday that a criminal investigation team is at the damaged cemetery in...
  • German Economy Picks Up Speed, Grows by 0.7 Percent in Q4

    02/15/2015 1:38:45 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | FEB. 13, 2015 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    ...The latest growth figure offers "a clear sign that lower oil prices have found their way into consumers' pockets," ING-DiBa economist Carsten Brzeski said. Germany "looks set to continue surfing on a wave of economic well-being," he said, with low unemployment, wage increases, low energy prices and low interest rates encouraging spending. "At the same time, the weak euro will definitely benefit German exports."
  • Denmark contradicts Netanyahu, urges Jews to stay put despite terror attacks

    02/15/2015 8:10:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/15/2015 16:27 | Aviram Zino/Maariv Hashavua
    The Jewish community is an integral part of Danish society and it ought to remain in the country despite this weekend’s terror attacks, Copenhagen’s envoy to Israel said on Sunday. “The solution for the Jews of Denmark is not to leave in the wake of the terror attacks in Copenhagen on Saturday,” the ambassador, Jesper Vahr, said on Sunday. “Our prime minister said that an attack on the Jewish community is an attack on all of Denmark’s citizens. I echo this sentiment. We will do everything in our power so that the Jewish community in Denmark feels safe.” Vahr made...
  • Germany: Braunschweig parade halted over terror alert

    02/15/2015 6:33:52 AM PST · by LSUfan · 39 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 Feb 15 | Unattributed
    A carnival parade has been called off at short notice in Braunschweig, northern Germany, due to the threat of an Islamist attack, police said. A "specific threat of an Islamist attack" was identified by state security sources, they said in a statement. Police urged people planning to attend to stay at home. The parade - a well-known regional attraction - was cancelled only 90 minutes before it was due to start. "Many people arriving at the train station were already dressed up and very disappointed - but we didn't want to take any risks," police spokesman Thomas Geese was quoted...
  • CDU angers Muslims with opposition to Koran (Germany)

    02/12/2015 8:59:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Feb 2015 16:45 GMT+01:00 | Tom Barfield
    The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Essen will distribute the German Constitution in response to Salafists’ plans to give out free copies of the Koran in the city on Saturday. But Muslim residents say they’re creating a false opposition. “In a time when the threat from Islamist criminals is greater than ever, we have to combat the Salafists with all democratic means.”, president of the local CDU chapter Franz Joseph Britz told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. But some Muslim residents of Essen were dismayed by the way the CDU had chosen to counter the Salafists. …
  • EU leaders set to debate anti-terror measures

    02/11/2015 11:56:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 2:13 AM EST | John-Thor Dahlburg
    Galvanized by the recent terror attacks in France, European Union leaders on Thursday debate a range of ambitious steps to better protect their 28 nations, including exchanging airliner passenger manifests, tightening controls at the border and combating extremism on the Internet. “Europe is facing an unprecedented, diverse and serious terrorist threat,” Gilles de Kerchove, the bloc’s counter-terrorism coordinator, warned EU member governments in a report last month. Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, whose nation holds the EU’s six-month revolving presidency, said Tuesday the often fractious members had reached broad consensus on what actions to take, and share the “strong will”...
  • EU Accused of ‘Colonialism’ for Funding Illegal Arab Settlements (in Area C, Israel)

    02/11/2015 10:49:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 2/11/2015, 6:22 PM | Ari Soffer
    A leading Israeli NGO has slammed the European Union over its alleged role in financing illegal Arab settlements in Judea and Samaria, saying its direct attempts to “subvert” Israeli internal affairs amounted to a form of “colonialism.” The remarks, made by the grassroots Im Tirzu organization, came in response to an article in the UK’s Daily Mail, which cited figures showing how the EU has channeled European taxpayers’ money into building some 400 homes and other buildings illegally in Area C of Judea and Samaria. Under the 1993 Oslo Accords—signed not only by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but by...
  • EU Ready to Strike Israel with Sanctions One Day After Elections

    02/10/2015 7:27:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 2/10/2015, 1:38 PM | Tova Dvorin
    EU member states have been readying themselves to enforce sanctions on Israel for Jewish communities in Judea-Samaria, diplomats revealed Tuesday—and will strike hours after the March 17 elections. Israeli officials in recent weeks met with Europe’s most important foreign ministries at the EU headquarters in Brussels, an Israeli official told Walla! News on condition of anonymity, and said that the planned measures in Europe will be focused on “the illegality of the settlements under international law”—without any distinction between “settlement blocs” generally agreed upon to remain in Israel and isolated communities. “The guiding principle is their deepening and emphasizing the...
  • German Jews upset about government group on anti-Semitism (no Jews included)

    02/10/2015 7:01:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 10, 2015 8:30 AM EST
    Leading Jewish groups have slammed the German government for creating a new commission on anti-Semitism without including a single Jew. Julius Schoeps from the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies on Tuesday called it “a unique scandal” that the Interior Ministry did not include any Jewish scientists or community leaders on the commission it created to fight anti-Semitism and support Jewish life in Germany. …
  • Greece's leaders stun Europe with escalating defiance

    02/09/2015 10:26:07 PM PST · by NRx · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09-02-2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has spelled out the negotiating strategy of the Syriza government with crystal clarity. “Exit from the euro does not even enter into our plans, quite simply because the euro is fragile. It is like a house of cards. If you pull away the Greek card, they all come down,” he said. “Do we really want Europe to break apart? Anybody who is tempted to think it possible to amputate Greece strategically from Europe should be careful. It is very dangerous. Who would be hit after us? Portugal? What would happen to Italy when it discovers...
  • EU commission hopes global standard will end tax evasion (avoidance; ‘tax havens’ etc.)

    02/09/2015 11:57:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02/09/2015 19:26 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The European Commission is hoping that a new global reporting standard will eradicate tax evasion and tax fraud in the wake of the latest revelations in Switzerland. “We are hoping that the coming into force of this new agreement at the very latest by 2018 will put an end to tax evasion and fraud by the use of secret bank accounts,” European Commission spokesperson Vanessa Mock told reporters in Brussels on Monday (9 February). The EU and Switzerland negotiated an agreement on the taxation of savings back in 2014. The plan is to unravel the Swiss tradition of banking secrecy...
  • British motorists could be stripped of licenses under new EU laws

    02/09/2015 9:49:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:43PM GMT 09 Feb 2015 | Steven Swinford and Bruno Waterfield
    British motorists caught speeding or committing other motoring offenses in Europe will face fines and could even lose their licences under new EU laws. At present, motorists using their own vehicles abroad avoid punishment if they are caught by speed cameras. They only face fines if they are stopped by a police officer at a roadside. The European Parliament is on Wednesday expected to vote in favor of new measures that will give police forces the power to issue fines across Europe and to pursue offenders in courts abroad. […] Next year the European Commission will also, under the same...
  • Report Exposes EU Illegal Settlement in Judea and Samaria (European Union invades Holy Land)

    02/07/2015 1:32:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 2/7/2015, 10:07 PM | Uzi Baruch, Ari Yashar
    Despite the 2012 Levy Report proving the legality of Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria under international law, the European Union (EU) has bitterly opposed that presence and even threatened sanctions—however, a new report reveals that it is in fact the EU that is guilty of “illegal settlement” in the region. Judea and Samaria was divided into Areas A, B and C in the 1993 Oslo Accords, which created the Palestinian Authority (PA); and under the agreements, Area C is under complete Israeli administrative and security control. However, the new report by Regavim, a NGO watchdog group for Jewish national...
  • UK report accuses PwC of tax avoidance on industrial scale

    02/06/2015 8:14:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2015 9:53 AM EST | Danica Kirka
    A British parliamentary committee on Friday accused the accounting firm PwC of promoting tax avoidance on an industrial scale and urged the government to step in and do more to regulate the tax industry. The Public Accounts Committee issued a scathing report, accusing PwC of mass-marketing tax avoidance plans and diverting profits to Luxembourg through intra-company loans. “We believe that PwC's activities represent nothing short of the promotion of tax avoidance on an industrial scale,” committee chair Margaret Hodge said. “The effect has been to reduce the amount of corporation tax that some multinational companies pay in the countries in...
  • ‘No military solution to Ukraine’ says Biden

    02/05/2015 6:04:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Feb 2015 09:19 GMT+01:00
    In an interview with Munich-based daily Süddeutsche Zeitung published on Thursday, American Vice President Joe Biden discussed possible solutions to the Ukraine-Russia conflict ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s U.S. visit. Biden’s interview left no doubt that the U.S. would not be answering Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s request for weapons aid from NATO countries against Russia’s advances in the country’s eastern regions. “We’ve said from the beginning that for this crisis, there is no military solution,” he said in the written interview with Süddeutsche and its European news partners. …
  • British spies tell German MPs to back off

    02/05/2015 5:54:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 05 Feb 2015 10:26 GMT+01:00
    British spies have warned the government they may cut off ties with their German counterparts over a parliamentary inquiry into spying by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Focus magazine reported on Thursday that top spies at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) are concerned that the Bundestag’s (German parliament) inquiry into the NSA could uncover secrets about how they cooperate with their German allies. Gerhard Schindler, head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), reportedly told the leaders of the inquiry about the increased tension with his British colleagues on Wednesday evening. “Without information from British signals intelligence, we would...
  • France ‘no Jews’ job advert causes uproar

    02/03/2015 8:29:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:41PM GMT 03 Feb 2015 | David Chazan
    A graphic design agency in Paris risks prosecution after allegedly posting a job advert online specifying that candidates should be “not Jewish if possible”. The advert, which was removed after less than an hour, triggered a flood of complaints. The anti-racism organization SOS-Racisme said it had started legal proceedings. Initially, the agency, NSL Studio, told a reporter from the news website, Les Inrocks, that it was seeking a non-Jew because of its long working hours. …
  • EU Parliament evacuated, man in camouflage arrested

    02/02/2015 11:49:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2015 1:07 PM EST | Lorne Cook
    Belgian police evacuated hundreds of people Monday from the European Parliament to search a car for explosives, then arrested the owner—a man clad in camouflage gear who had a gun and a chainsaw stashed in his vehicle. Four European Parliament administrative buildings and its visitors’ center in central Brussels were cleared as a precautionary measure while the car was searched, the assembly said in a statement. Police found the firearm and chainsaw but no explosives, according to the public prosecutor’s office. The suspect, identified as a Slovak national born in 1982, was charged with “threatening an attack, possession of an...
  • Russia would consider aid to Greece if asked: Siluanov

    01/31/2015 11:19:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:44am IST | Thomas Grove
    Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Thursday Russia would consider extending financial aid to debt-strapped Greece if Athens were to make a request. “Well, we can imagine any situation, so if such petition is submitted to the Russian government, we will definitely consider it, but will take into account all the factors of our bilateral relationships between Russia and Greece,” he told CNBC. Speculation has grown in recent days that new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government is at odds with the rest of Europe over sanctions on Russia, and may move closer to Moscow as it seeks to...
  • German defense minister plans long-term modernization of military

    01/30/2015 11:33:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 30.01.2015 | [mg/bw (AFP, dpa)]
    Germany’s defense minister Ursula von der Leyen said Friday that her government planned to make the military one of the most sought after employers in the country. Von der Leyen was presenting a proposal for a more attractive Bundeswehr at the German parliament, the Bundestag. “This isn’t a sprint; rather, we have a marathon ahead of us,” the minister said. Von der Leyen, who belongs to the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), proposed more part-time work, better promotion opportunities and legally-stipulated working hours—a first in the German military. …
  • Rising Anti-Semitism: Increasing Numbers of French Jews Moving to Israel

    01/30/2015 10:45:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 26, 2015 – 04:44 PM | Nicola Abé and Julia Amalia Heyer
    … Recent years have seen a rise in the number of French Jews leaving for Israel, with fear of attacks being the most important reason for making the so-called “Aliyah,” as the “return” to Israel is referred. And the list of attacks is long. In 2006, young mobile-phone salesman Ilan Halimi was kidnapped by a youth gang and tortured to death. Two years ago, gunman Mohamed Merah shot and killed children and a teacher at a Jewish school in Toulouse. Just two months ago, a couple was robbed in the Créteil district on the outskirts of Paris and the woman...
  • EU antiterror chief calls for common laws against jihadis

    01/30/2015 9:51:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2015 12:08 PM EST
    The European Union’s counterterrorism chief says member states need to have common laws against Europeans traveling to Syria and Iraq to join jihadist groups. […] Gilles de Kerchove told reporters in Riga on Friday that “it’s important to have the same definition of what is it when you go abroad for training purposes to fight.” …
  • Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

    01/30/2015 9:31:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 23, 2015 – 06:13 PM | Gunther Latsch, Fidelius Schmid and Klaus Wiegrefe
    When it comes to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the German government is unyielding—particularly when it comes to finding excuses for why it should do nothing when it comes to potential German perpetrators. For more than 16 months, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has been in possession of a list containing the names of German companies thought to have helped Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his father Hafis build up Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal over the course of several decades. Ultimately, it became one of the largest such arsenals in the world. […] Berlin immediately classified the list and has...
  • BND collects 220 million phone records a day (Germany’s intel agency)

    01/30/2015 9:08:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 30 Jan 2015 14:12 GMT+01:00
    Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) collects 220 million pieces of information about foreign phone calls and SMS every day, Zeit Online reported on Friday. According to BND documents seen by journalists, five locations around Germany are used to collect the millions of so-called “metadata” about foreigners’ phone calls. It is not yet clear where the BND obtains this much data. But the parliamentary committee at the Bundestag (German parliament) investigating surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) has established that the BND taps satellite communications and internet cables. …
  • [Germany] Frankfurt man loses airport job over ISIS links

    01/30/2015 7:46:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 Jan 2015 11:11 GMT+01:00
    In a decision announced on Wednesday, a Frankfurt court upheld the dismissal of a man from his job at Frankfurt airport over his close friendship with a foreign citizen with ties to terrorist group ISIS. Judges found that the man, who was in regular contact with the terrorism suspect on a mobile number known only to his close friends, and had lent the suspect €2,000, was too much of a security risk to work in sensitive areas at the airport. The man had first come to police attention after being fined for a minor traffic offense, which was flagged up...
  • Cyprus Airways shuts after EU order to repay state aid

    01/30/2015 6:49:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    European Voice ^ | 01/09/2015 17:20 CET | Dave Keating
    The national airline of Cyprus has ceased operations after the European Commission ordered that it must repay €65 million in illegal state aid. The Commission ruled that the airline, which has been losing money for some time and is 94% government-owned, must pay back €65 million of the €103 million that it received in state aid in 2012 and 2013. The airline has been receiving money from the government since 2007. …
  • Anti-Semitic Politician Becomes Greek Defense Minister

    01/30/2015 6:40:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 1/30/2015, 1:11 PM | Tova Dvorin
    A Greek politician who claimed that Jews “don’t pay taxes” has been elected as Defense Minister, Greek media reported Thursday night, amid already-high concerns over rising anti-Semitism in the country that is only expected to worsen following recent elections. Panos Kammenos of the Syriza party made the comments during an interview with Greek Ant-1 TV, according to New Greek TV, on December 18—just days after the drive-by shooting at the Israeli Embassy in Athens. Local Jewish leaders were outraged at the comments. “It is a disgrace that a leader of a party in Parliament does not know that Greek Jews...